It took the prompt intervention of the State Security Service (SSS) officials and Christian leaders yesterday to douse what could have become a religious clash at the Cherubim and Seraphim College in Ilorin, Kwara State capital.
IT was learnt that some teaching and non-teaching Muslim workers of the college had organised Maulud Nabiyy in the school against the instruction of the management.
The workers were said to have boasted that they had the permission of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Alhaji Lamidi Alabi, to organise the event against the school’s management instruction.
Trouble, however, started yesterday morning when some external Muslim clerics, invited by the Maulud organisers, began trooping into school compound for the event and when they were asked their mission, the Muslim workers became enraged.
Shortly after that, leaders of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church and the Supreme Head (Baba Aladura), Apostle Samuel Abidoye, were contacted and they quickly rushed to the school.
When the National Mirror got to the school, leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the youth wing of the association were seen on the compound with plain clothed security agents.
Baba Aladura Abidoye said it was shocking that some workers could be so daring, even at a time that a sensitive issue such as this could further aggravate the already heated security situation in the country.
Abidoye said that the school and indeed members of the Cherubim and Seraphim built a mosque for Muslim students and workers as a way of promoting tolerance in the school, but regretted that the gesture was abused.
When contacted, the Permanent Secretary denied ever giving the teachers permission to organise the programme as alleged.He said they approached him and he called a joint meeting with Christians where it was agreed by both sides that the event should not hold.